Idowu Ajibade is an environmental and development geographer who has a strong passion for interdisciplinary research on climate change, urban resilience, disaster risk reduction, gender and human rights. Her current research explores the ethical conundrums and opportunities for building resilience among low-income urban residents in Africa and south-east Asia. More broadly, her work focuses on how individuals and societies respond to global environmental change and their different capacities for adaptation and transformation.

She has written about the ‘messiness’ and inequities of adaptation and resilience planning in the context of coastal cities of the global south and questions whether current political and governance arrangement can foster the kind of transformative change that people have reasons to trust and support. Her postdoctoral research builds on these ideas by investigating institutions, norms, behaviours, modes of politics and economic pathways that can stimulate deliberate transformation in response to global environmental change. Her main theoretical orientation is political ecology, a fusion of political economy, cultural ecology, and social justice. She employs mixed quantitative and qualitative research methods including stakeholder’s interviews and policy analysis in her investigation.


Academic/Professional Awards

  • IDRC, Doctoral Research Award (2011)
  • Western Graduate Student Scholarship, Western University (2009-2013)
  • Jeanne Sauvé Scholarship Award, McGill University (2008)
  • UNESCO-Youth Fellow Award, University of Connecticut, United States (2008)
  • Human Rights Fellow Award, University of Utrecht, Netherlands (2006)
  • University for Peace, Recruitment of Excellence Scholarship (2005)
  • UNU Fellow Award, United Nations University Tokyo, Japan (2005)
  • Nigerian Professional Award for Academic Excellence, NIPRO (2004)


  • Ajibade I. and McBean G. 2014. Climate extremes and housing rights: a political ecology of impacts, early warning and adaptation constraints in slum communities. 55: 76-86.
  • Ajibade et al. 2014. Assessing the bio-psychosocial correlates of flood impacts in coastal areas of Lagos, Nigeria. DOI:101080/096405682013861811.
  • Ajibade I. and Olawuyi D. 2014. Climate change impacts on housing and property rights in Nigeria and Panama: Toward a rights-based approach to adaptation and mitigation. In: Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn (Eds) Routledge New York Chapter 13.
  • Ajibade I., McBean G. and Bezner-Kerr R. 2013. Urban flooding in Lagos, Nigeria: Patterns of vulnerability and resilience among women. 23 (6): 1714-1725.
  • Ajibade I. 2012. Climate security and vulnerable populations in Canada: Making a case for ambitious Policies. In Lawrence National Center for Policy and Management: London ON pp 1-26.
  • McBean G. and Ajibade I. 2009. Climate change, related hazards and human settlements. 1(2): 179-186.
  • Ajibade I. 2008. Mainstreaming human Rights into anti-corruption: A strategy for protecting vulnerable groups from double jeopardy. In Radha Kalyani (ed) Amicus Books The Icfai University Press Hyderabad India pp 125-153.

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